Caloprymnus campestris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Caloprymnus campestris
Species Authority: (Gould, 1843)
Common Name(s):
English Desert Rat Kangaroo, Plains Rat-kangaroo, Buff-nosed Rat-kangaroo
French Kangourou-rat Du Désert
Spanish Canguro-rata Desértico

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Extinct because there have been no confirmed records of the species since 1935 despite extensive research within its habitat.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to central Australia. There have been no reliable records of the species since 1935, but there were unconfirmed sightings in Queensland following periods of rain in 1956-1957 and 1974-1975 (Carr and Robinson 1997).
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is presumed to be extinct. It was apparently never abundant (Smith and Johnson 2008).

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The desert rat-kangaroo was found on gibber plains, clay pans, and sandridges. Individual animals formed shallow nests under a bush or in the open (Smith and Johnson 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Direct habitat alteration by humans and introduced predators (cats and foxes) contributed to the extinction of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.
It is listed on CITES Appendix I.

Citation: Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop 2008. Caloprymnus campestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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